New research finds salmon survival surprisingly low when migrating to sea

A new study shows low salmon survival when leaving freshwater is an important factor in declining European salmon populations, according to early results from a project examining the early migration phase of salmon smolts (young salmon) from rivers across Europe.

Leading salmon scientists from Denmark, Spain, Sweden, UK and Ireland are today attending a meeting in Dublin, hosted by Inland Fisheries Ireland, to mark International Year of the Salmon. The scientists will discuss some of their new findings from the international SMOLTRACK project, the results of which reveal factors in the known decline of salmon stocks.

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